Google is selling its stake in ClearWire

Google is selling its stake in ClearWire
Google is selling its 6.5% stake in ClearWire for well below market value, thus turning its back on the WiMAX provider. A SEC filing today confirmed the sale. Google will be selling the shares for $1.60 apiece, much less than the current trading price of $2.27. The search behemoth bought its ClearWire stake for nearly $500 million back four years ago in 2008, and now it’s selling them for around $47 million.

The share sales will be made via open market transactions around February 27th.

“Google periodically rebalances its investments based on its goals and its evaluation of market conditions,” Google succinctly explained the purpose of transaction in the filing.

This doesn’t give a clear reason why Google wants to ditch ClearWire now, but it’s clear that the decision should have something to do with WiMAX as a fading technology.

ClearWire itself said it is looking to build an LTE network in the future and sought funding from Sprint and other investors back in August 2011. Most recently, the company said it will roll out the 4G LTE network over 5,000 cell sites by June 2013. The LTE network will allow Sprint to catch up with Verizon and AT&T in high speed data.



1. itiswhatitis

Posts: 423; Member since: Jan 23, 2012

Seems like a very bad investment decision by google but i can't check their account could be that they're tryna save some tax!

2. PimpStrong

Posts: 310; Member since: Jul 25, 2011

Sometimes you just gotta chalk it up.

3. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

Considering all the changes that's been happening with Sprint, and the sudden upsurge and almost immediate downturn of Clear's subscriber base, and the LightSquared deal, I'd have done the same thing. Sprint and anything related to it is a losing battle right now.

4. Yankchef

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 03, 2012

sweet im up for an upgrade in june 2013;-)

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